Supporters arrive for Meyiwa funeral

2014-11-01 08:45
A fan cries holding a portrait of the slain Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain Senzo Meyiwa.
(Marco Longari, AFP)

A fan cries holding a portrait of the slain Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain Senzo Meyiwa. (Marco Longari, AFP)

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NEWSPAPERS: sport heroes remembered in memorial service

2014-10-31 10:54

Sport fans gathered at the Standard Bank Arena in Johannesburg yesterday to pay homage to three fallen South African sporting icons. Today's newspaper front pages focused on the tributes paid to Senzo Meyiwa, Mbulaeni Mulaudzi and Phindile Mwelase.WATCH

Durban - Scores of soccer supporters arrived at the Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban on Saturday to attend the funeral of Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain Senzo Meyiwa.

Wearing sport regalia, and mostly in Orlando Pirates colours, they sang and danced as they waited for the gates to the stadium to open.

Vuvuzelas and drums accompanied the singing.

Orlando Pirates flags and banners written 'Rest in peace Senzo Meyiwa' were held up high.

The gloomy weather did not deter the highly spirited supporters who were determined to bid farewell to their captain.

Identity parade

Meyiwa was shot and killed in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni on Sunday while visiting his singer girlfriend Kelly Khumalo.

Two men had allegedly entered the house demanding cellphones and shot him before fleeing.

A man appeared in court on Friday in connection with Meyiwa's murder. Police said he was identified in an identity parade.

Gauteng police said they had questioned many people as they tried to brink to book the men behind Meyiwa's death.

"Since the beginning of the week, we have questioned a number of people in connection with the killing of Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates keeper, Senzo Meyiwa," Brigadier Neville Malila said on Friday.

"After receiving very positive information about a number of suspects on Friday, we conducted an identity parade during which some of the witnesses positively identified one person."

The 25-year-old Vosloorus resident, Zenokuhle Mbatha, was arrested and charged on the basis of the positive identification, Malila said.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said Mbatha would appear in court again on 11 November where he was expected to apply for legal aid.


Ntsakiso Kubayi took a bus from Johannesburg to Durban to bid Meyiwa farewell. He said Meyiwa was his inspiration.

"I'm here to pay my last tribute to Meyiwa. He inspired me a lot. Everytime we were at the stadium he would tell us to cheer up. For me he was Orlando Pirates. I have lost a legend, the greatest footballer in South Africa," he said.

"I have lost someone so important."

Kubayi said Meyiwa's death was not only a loss for Orlando Pirates but the nation as a whole.

Fans were handed out T-shirts with Meyiwa's face and written 'We will never forget you'.

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